Does music make a big difference in your yoga practice? If so, how? Clifton Yeo from Freedom Yoga dives deeper into this topic, and shares a few playlists you can use for your own practice! Read on.
Amongst the many things I’m grateful for this year is the unique position being a teacher places me in. It’s something I didn’t expect when I first started out — I get to shape the experience of every single student in every class I teach. For 60 minutes, I get to take them into a different mental space, I do it with the help of music.
As a rookie teacher, it was a slight struggle balancing interaction, safety and ensuring that the sequences ran smoothly. But over time, cushioned by the confidence that comes with experience, I started exploring and adding music into the mix.
I wanted to play songs that would be nice to flow along for a particular sequence of poses; use songs to psyche my students up as they worked through a dreaded core segment; and ease them into relaxation.
Building playlists for my class felt like my own little secret - getting to colour the mood with my favourite songs of the moment; and riding a high when that perfect song rolls in just in time for that specific part of the class.
I was having so much fun! I also started realising that more often than not, students would come up to me and give feedback on certain songs that struck a chord with them during their practice.
Witnessing students lose themselves in the moment with my favourite songs—that’s gold. Sometimes just for fun, I’ll play songs around a specific occasion or themes.
For example, for the Star Wars fans, I was so excited I got to teach on May the 4th. I played an entire hour of Star Wars LowFi Hip-hop beats for my Vinyasa class. I remember getting goosebumps when This is the Way echoed in the background, as we deep-inhaled and pushed into a Cobra pose (what a nerd!).
Till then, I’ll continue taking the simple joys of curating songs (alongside pose sequences) for my students—letting music carry them through, and for an hour, they can be present in themselves, for themselves.
Looking back on your own yoga journey, If music is also a big part of your life (or if you’re simply trying to spice up your routine and get back into the flow of things), why not try to build a playlist of your favourite songs to practice along with?
To kickstart your yoga-playlist-building effort, here are 5 pose/song-pairings that I would love to share with you!
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